OmniBot, The Greatest Toy of My Life


I have no idea what selling tea bags has to do with robots, but somehow my dad convinced his employer to buy an OmniBot, truly the most excellent and elusive of all ’80s toys. Yeah, that’s right, I had an OmniBot. I’m still obsessed with robots today, and it’s all from fiddling around with this. It served drinks! It played cassettes! It walked! It made cool robot noises and had flashing lights! For some reason, my mom wouldn’t call it “the robot,” rather “the computer.” Probably because once a robot knows that you know it’s a robot, it will kill you, as robots are wont to do. Sadly, I have no idea whatever happened to OmniBot. I hope he isn’t lonely. Or bloodthirsty.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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4 thoughts on “OmniBot, The Greatest Toy of My Life

  1. megan says:

    Heeelar! You really had one of those? What was the extent of the programming? Did you just have to push a button to let it know that you had snacks? I want details!

  2. Doug says:

    Lucas released something similar a few years ago, a voice controlled R2-D2. Yes….I have it. I’m really popular with the ladies. In my defense, though, it was a gift from my mother who thought it was “cute.”

  3. Brian Boone says:

    The programming amounted to mastery of a really complicated remote control and a few strategically-placed mirrors around the house. The tape deck allowed for those old programming cassettes but I was too young for that, or more interested in throwing by voice across the room and through the robot to make it sound all roboty. Also, my friends weren’t allowed to play with it, which suited me just fine.

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